NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a pair of recent Genome Research papers, two research teams applied genetic and genomic approaches to learn more about an industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain called PE-2 and other yeast strains that are being used to produce biofuels.

The PE-2 strain, which ferments sugar cane, is used by nearly a third of Brazilian distilleries. The microbe has garnered attention in biofuel circles, since Brazilian bioethanol projects typically rely on sugar cane as a feedstock rather than grains.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.